Privacy Policy

American Friends of the Open University of Israel

Privacy Policy

Effective May 25, 2018

American Friends of the Open University of Israel (AFOUI) respects the privacy of all donors, and others who contact us and/or visit our website.  We do not collect and retain personally identifying information about you unless you choose to provide it to us.  The provision of such information is strictly voluntary.

AFOUI is the owner of all information collected on its website and received in the course of business.  AFOUI will not sell, disseminate, disclose, trade, transmit, transfer, share, lease, or rent any personally identifiable information to any third party not specifically authorized by you, except as we have disclosed in this Privacy Policy, or as may be required by law.

Information that has been collected may be used for purposes that include but are not limited to: processing authorized transactions (including, without limitation, donations, grants, and pledges to donate); disseminating information and newsletters to individuals and organizations via electronic and/or printed communications; responding to inquiries; and maintaining records of donations, grants, and pledges to donate.  Information regarding individuals’ and organizations’ names, location, donations, grants, and pledges to donate is provided upon request to AFOUI’s external accountants in the course of their annual audit of AFOUI’s financial statements and in their preparation of AFOUI’s annual Form 990.

When processing your donation, your purchase of a ticket to an event, or your pledge to donate or purchase a ticket to an event, AFOUI collects your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information.  This information is used to acknowledge receipt of your donation, purchase, or pledge for tax purposes as well as for AFOUI’s financial recordkeeping.  Please indicate to AFOUI if you wish to be included in our mailing list if you are a citizen of the European Union, the United Kingdom, or Canada.  If you wish to be removed from AFOUI’s mailing list, please contact us at or unsubscribe from an AFOUI e-mail.

A record of your donation, purchase, or pledge is maintained in either or both of AFOUI’s paper and electronic files, depending upon how the information was collected.  In AFOUI’s paper files for recording credit card donations or purchases, the credit card’s expiration date is defaced, as are all but the last four digits of the credit card number.  In AFOUI’s electronic accounting and fundraising software files, the credit card expiration date is not recorded, and only the last four digits of the credit card number are recorded.  Photocopies of checks are retained indefinitely.  In the case of named donations or named pledges of scholarship funds, AFOUI will assume that the donor(s) wish his/her/their name(s) to be disclosed to The Open University of Israel, to the recipients of the scholarships so provided, and to the general public.

When a donation is sent in honor or in memory of an individual or individuals and the donor requests that an acknowledgment be sent to another individual or other individuals in the United States, AFOUI will use the name and address of that other individual or individuals for notification purposes only.  If the individual or individuals to be notified is/are a citizen(s) of the European Union, the United Kingdom, or Canada, AFOUI will not contact that other individual or individuals without his/her/their explicit consent.

Electronic information including names and donation, purchase, or pledge amounts is stored in AFOUI’s accounting software.  Fundraising software is used that in addition to individuals’ or organizations’ names also includes their addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other identifying information.  If AFOUI encounters difficulty in processing a donation, AFOUI may use this information to contact the prospective donor(s).  This fundraising software stores data online at a server or servers provided by a fundraising software organization whose practices conform to the provisions of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  AFOUI backs up its files through the services of a provider that supports GDPR-compliant measures.  If a donor requests a copy of his or her personal data, AFOUI will provide such data to the donor in electronic format.  If a donor requests that his or her personal data be erased, AFOUI will comply with such requests when feasible – however such information may need to be preserved in order for AFOUI to comply with federal and state laws and reporting requirements.  AFOUI may release information if required to do so by law or if by our sole discretion such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our website, AFOUI, our officers, directors, employees, other users, and the public.

AFOUI does not intend – and this website is NOT designed – to collect personal information from children under age 18. Anyone under 18 years of age should not provide personal information or use this site without the supervision or authorization of their parent or legal guardian.

It is customary for AFOUI to list the names of donors to its special events in journals, which are disseminated at such events.  Inclusion on such lists is on an opt-in basis.  Opt-in may be indicated by donors on event donation forms, and may also be indicated by e-mailing AFOUI at or verbally by calling AFOUI at 212-712-1800.

AFOUI does not collect information on individual donors’ identities from its website, other than the information that such donors choose to provide.  Information collected on AFOUI’s website is only sufficient to show us the number of visitors AFOUI has received on any given day, as well as the referrers, search engine terms used to locate us, the top posts and pages viewed, and the clicks on links.

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly. For more information about the cookies we use, please see policy on cookies.

AFOUI’s web pages may contain links to other servers.  AFOUI takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on other servers.  Creating a text link from your Web site to AFOUI’s site does not require permission.

AFOUI reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy without providing advance notice of our intent to make these changes.  Policy changes will be posted on the AFOUI website, and all changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised policy.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our privacy policy:

American Friends of the Open University of Israel

120 East 56 Street
Suite 900
New York, NY 10022